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Rick M
Wellington, New Zealand1,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
It's a fabulous drive down the Peninsula, and so much to do at the end. To actually get into the albatross nesting area costs quite a lot, but you can usually see them flying around. From the viewing platform on the southern side, you can see shag colonies and often there will be seals on the rocks below. On the harbour side of the peninsula there's a track down to Pilots Beach where you can often see Little Blue Penguins. The Albatross Centre has a really good gallery which tells the history of Taiaroa Head (Maori pa, gun emplacements, albatross conservation), a gift shop, and quite a nice cafe.
Written 30 October 2019
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Nic
389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
This drive is stunning a new view around every corner! Get to Taiaroa head to see penguins I didn't see any or you can see some albatross which I did!

Great place
Written 17 February 2017
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Ronald B
Orem, UT1,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
We enjoyed the visit to Taiaroa Head to see its history and to watch the albatross nesting, soaring, and squawking. So why is the albatross used in negative language like: That is a real albatross? Just wondering. Anyway, you'll enjoy this day trip.
Written 28 January 2016
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
This is a haven for wildlife. Seals are around. Little Blue Penguins come to shore in the evening, in season. But the highlight are the huge Northern Royal Albatrosses returning to their nests, in the breeding season. How easy it is to view them will depend on the wind speed and direction. Ask in the Albatross Centre but do not feel you need to buy into a tour to see the birds
Written 5 April 2015
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Keith-B-Robinson
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada929 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
For those visiting the Otego Peninsula on a budget, there are still a number of free options to go in search of Wildlife. Taiaroa Head is at the very tip of the Otego Peninsula, and offers a number of walkways and viewing platforms from which to watch NZ Fur Seals lounging in the sun; little blue penguins come ashore at night (fee associated); and gaze at soaring seabirds.

There are plenty of gulls (but that's not what you come here to see, is it?!), so make sure to watch out that you don't get pooped on! We saw a few impressive-looking, all-white Royal Spoonbills. We also had a great view of a massive Royal Albatross approaching the coastline. Clearly bigger than any other bird around, it was fun to just watch this majestic bird soar in the wind!
Written 5 January 2015
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